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Sam Kendricks competes in the men’s pole vault final at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials last month in Eugene, Oregon.

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Live Updates: Tokyo Olympics: NPR

Sam Kendricks competes in the men’s pole vault final at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials last month in Eugene, Oregon.

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TOKYO – US pole vaulter Sam Kendricks is absent from the Tokyo Summer Olympics after testing positive for coronavirus. Kendricks, a world champion, was seen as a contender for a medal.

According to a statement by US Olympic officials, Sam Kendricks is not eligible to compete in the Tokyo Games following his positive test. He was transferred to a hotel and placed in isolation. Kendricks’ father, who is also his trainer, has said on social media that his son is feeling fine and has no symptoms.

Kendricks has won the last two world pole vault championships and a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Reporters will miss his presence at the Games because Kendricks, who is also in the US Army Reserve, is a gregarious athlete with a sharp wit. According to the latest COVID figures from the Olympics, at least three other athletes have tested positive, bringing the total number to 20 since July 1.



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